From March 15 through April 15th (which is actually 32 days), I did something drastic. I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired so I made some significant diet changes to see what would happen. Not only did I do no grains, no dairy, no sugar, and no coffee, but I also drank copious amounts of water. Anytime I could think of drinking water, I would (over 100oz per day). It wasn’t hard to do if I just carried my reusable water bottle around with me. After a while, my body was craving the water.
I’d also like to point out that the changes that I experienced were because of diet only. I didn’t exercise while doing this 30 day challenge. Hopefully that exemplifies the power of a good diet.
The changes were pretty drastic and quick. Here’s a quick summary of things I noticed.
- I no longer snore at night
- I stopped twitching during sleep
- Increased energy levels throughout the day
- Woke up with more energy
- Lost ~20 pounds
- I don’t crave sugar anymore
The first two points were brought to my attention by my wife. I was driving her nuts with the snoring and twitching in my legs at night (is that what restless leg syndrome is?). Within a week or two, the twitching and snoring stopped completely.
Before I started this, 20 pounds heavier, I would drink coffee all day and by 9:00 be exhausted. Now, without the coffee I’m able to stay up even later than when I drank coffee all day. Coffee only energizes you to a point, then I think it has a negative impact on your alertness. Waking up with energy is also really nice. Before I started, I’d wake up groggy and go through zombie-like motions until I dumped a significant amount of caffeine in myself, then I’d become “normal”.
I think the greatest triumph of all is the death of my sugar addiction because I think that’s where a majority of my weight gain came from. Every single night, I’d crave sugar after dinner. And every single night I’d indulge that craving. The interesting thing is, once I cut sugar out of my diet for about a week, the cravings were gone. I was full after dinner and didn’t feel like eating sugar. I will admit for that first couple days, it was pretty hard. It was similar to a drug withdrawl. I wanted sugar so bad. I actually felt a hunger pang for it. If you can stay the course for 3 or 4 days and not indulge, it definitely goes down. After a week its pretty much gone completely.
When I talk about staying away from sugar I’m talking about refined sugar. Stuff you’d find in cookies, candy, and most other processed desserts. I limited my fruit intake to 1 apple per day. If I was really craving sugar, I’d have a cup of tea with a spoonful of honey in it. It really hits the spot without having to consume something really unhealthy for you.
I’m going to keep going to see how much weight I can lose, but now I’m going to be a little more relaxed. I feel like 30 days was enough time for me to form a habit out of eating this way. After a while, you actually crave these healthy foods and wonder how you ate so many processed foods.